Mechanical Specifications

Materials

All ads must be provided in electronic format. All print ads must be in 4-color CMYK—print ads cannot contain any spot (PMS) colors. Do not include any ICC profiles other than the U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 profile. Ads will be rejected if the proper procedures are not followed, and errors appear in the preflight.

Preferred file formats

PDF/X-1a:2001 Embed all graphics and fonts and provide as a high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) file. When exporting the PDF, select “Use Document Bleed” but DO NOT select crop marks, bleed marks, registration marks, or page information.

File sizes

Files should be 10 MB or less.

Trim & Bleed

Publication Trim Size is 8.125 in x 10.875 in. To accommodate for trim, add an extra 0.125 in bleed on all sides of full-page ads (total size 8.375 in x 11.125 in including bleed). “Live matter” (text, logos, information that should not be trimmed) should be kept 0.375 in to 0.5 in away from the trimmed edges. When setting up your original document, set your margin to 0.375 in or 0.05 in. On spread ads, allow 0.75 in to 1 in for the gutter. Fractional ads (for example, third-page, half-page, etc.) should NOT include bleeds.

Note: Charges will apply to ads that the Publisher has to revise. Publisher cannot fix transparency and color issues; the advertiser must fix those issues and resubmit.

Display advertising format

Note: Charges will apply to ads that the Publisher has to revise. Publisher cannot fix transparency and color issues, the advertiser must fix those issues and resubmit.

Closing dates

See respective editorial calendars for closing dates.

Contact the publisher for information regarding materials requiring production work. Cancellations must be in writing and are not accepted after the closing date.

Upload Ad Materials to AMPP Media FTP Site

Adshuttle FTP Site: adshuttle.com/AMPPMedia/

Video tutorial: How to upload to Adshuttle

AMPP Advertising Contact
Brenda Nitz
Tel: +1 281-228-6219
Email: brenda.nitz@ampp.org

*Storing of Advertising Material:  Advertising materials will be stored for 24 months.